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Episode 67 – Deadpool and Destruction

On this episode we talk about Deadpool‘s remarkable turn at the box office, Fox considering an R rating for Wolverine 3, the unfortunate continuation of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Bryan Fuller taking the reigns of the upcoming Star Trek TV series, the final nail in TCE2‘s coffin, and how y’all really need to stop trashing convention hotels.

Seriously. Stop it.

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Dear Congoers of America: Please Don’t Trash Con Hotels

So Katsucon was held this last weekend in National Harbor, MD, and the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center is a bit worse for wear because of it. Although the actual fire that occurred was not attendee related, most of the damage was caused by the congoers themselves.

There’s a post circulating on Facebook detailing a number of issues created by attendees, including broken exit signs, flooding, graffiti, holes punched in doors, and some urine. Seriously – this stuff happened, and here are a few pictures:

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This isn’t isolated to Katsucon, let’s be clear – I’ve seen things like this happen at cons across the country. This is just a very, very well documented example. And I just have one thing to ask to the congoers responsible for these things: What the f**k is wrong with you?

I mean, seriously – do you actually like being able to go to conventions? Because this sort of crap right here is how you get cons kicked out of hotels. This is how you get hotel rates jacked up for every event that tries to host an event in your area, and this is why ticket and badge prices go up.

This is how you kill a con scene.

So please, just stop. Treat con hotels like a place you want to go back to — because I’m pretty sure you do want to go to more cons. You wouldn’t pee in the hallway of your own home, so why the f**k are you doing it here (and if you would do that too, please exit the con scene entirely). And just because you get away with breaking stuff in hotels, doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences — they just won’t be right away. They won’t be direct.

But maybe five years from now there won’t be a con to go to, all because you acted like a jackass. So stop – treat venues and shared spaces with respect or they just won’t exist anymore.

The State of Convention Safety and Harassment in 2016

One of the things I’ve been happiest to see over the last half-decade is that the convention scene is finally starting to address the ongoing harassment problems which were traditionally swept under the rug. The community still has a long way to go, but it’s a heck of a lot better than nothing.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about a couple of ongoing situations though, and how they illustrate what’s exactly is happening right now — in 2016.

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